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US gay groups hail appointment of first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

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  1. this is big positive news

  2. I hope it is big positive news – sounds good – the results will prove it one way or the other.

  3. She endured hateful racist and sexist attacks from the republican party in the lead up to her appointment.

    I wish her good luck.

  4. A big step for racial equality in USA, and a big step for equality generally, I hope. Congratulations to her and to President Obama.

  5. Was there not a question of her being a catholic and by that I mean there was too many catholic judges already in the US Supreme Court.

  6. Simon Murphy 8 Aug 2009, 3:42am

    She’s also the 1st diabetic in the Supreme Court. Seriously!

  7. “She endured hateful racist and sexist attacks from the republican party in the lead up to her appointment.”

    ORLY

    So if a white guy said “I would hope that a wise Aryan man with the richness of his experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a black woman who hasn’t lived that life” – that would be ok?

    Her decision making process is clearly biased irrespective of her ethnicity.

  8. @Liam
    She was just saying that people are influenced by their life experiences, anti-gay bigot Samuel Alito said the same sort of thing about his Italian heritage during his confirmation hearing.

    Anyway, I don’t care about her supposed “bias”, the Supreme Court needs as many liberals on the bench as it can get, since they’ll likely be ruling on Boies and Olsen’s Prop 8 challenge. If that fails (which is very likely given the court’s conservative majority) it could put back the gay marriage movement in the US for at least a generation.

  9. “Anyway, I don’t care about her supposed “bias”, the Supreme Court needs as many liberals on the bench as it can get”

    So someone’s bias – not just with Sotomayor but anyone – is ignored in favour of their political leanings?

    That’s not a good way to decide life-and-death legal matters in the highest court in the land.

    Clarity of thought and is what should be required, whatever the person’s race or opinions.

    If a case came before Sotomayor with a Latino and a white guy, one wonders who she would side with and why because of her previous statements of total solidarity with Latinos, irespective of individual merits.

  10. @DigiBo

    Cite one of those statements where she expressed “total solidarity with Latinos, irespective of individual merits”.

  11. She’s not actually ‘Latina’ per se …. I read an article wherein it claims the lady is Jewish:

    “Sonia’s family originated in Spain during the late 1400’s and
    then fled to Portugal; then on the Chile, Puerto Rico, and the US
    over hundreds of years. There is a very rare book (only 500 copies-all numbered) that was distributed to all of the high ranking Rabbis in all of the US; the book gives the names of all Sephardic Jews in the world and one only has to research: Soto, Mayor, Sotomayor, and her mom’s maiden name of Baez to see them in it.”

    Not that it matters. But why focus on the fact that she is ‘Latina’ (whether she is or not); it should be her views and intelligence that are taken into account.

  12. @moamaom “Cite one of those statements where she expressed “total solidarity with Latinos, irespective of individual merits”.”

    Easy: when she repeatedly stated “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”

    @Lezabella “But why focus on the fact that she is ‘Latina’ (whether she is or not); it should be her views and intelligence that are taken into account.”

    That’s exactly my point, it matters not her ethnicity or otherwise; but her views from her infamous statement repeated a dozen times over the years mark her out as being clearly biased in favour of Latinos, putting her intelligence in sharp question.

    But with clear party whips by the Democrats her appointment was inevitable…

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